Brisket done a day or two prior?

Discussion in 'Beef' started by rob989_69, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. rob989_69

    rob989_69 Meat Mopper

    I'm going to be doing a large cookout in a few weeks and I have a question. I plan to do 2 butts, and a brisket. The butts I'm comfortable doing ahead and just reheating. However, would it be safe/advisable to do the brisket 2 days before the cookout or should I do it the day of? Either is a possibility, I"m just thinking if I can do it prior to it'll be more fun for me the day of.
  2. bman62526

    bman62526 Smoking Fanatic

    I would think you could do it the day before, and just take it up to 165, spray it down real good and then double foil it and let it rest until it's cool. Then throw it in the fridge until the next day. The day of your event, I would take it out of the fridge and let it warm up a little before reheating it.
    The day of your cook, keeping it still in that foil, find a place in the smoker that isn't too hot and let it warm up to 200 for pulling, or 180 or so for slicing...
  3. geek with fire

    geek with fire Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    This isn't something you should do at a competition, but for my house, we always do the brisket before hand no matter what. I slice and place in a crock pot with the drippings. The day I'm ready to serve, I let the meat simmer in the crock pot for several hours. Very moist.
  4. rob989_69

    rob989_69 Meat Mopper

    Both good ideas. Thanks guys. I'm starting to think I may just suck it up and do it the day of. That way I know the end result will be good. I've never thought reheated brisket was as good as "right off the smoker"
  5. azrocker

    azrocker Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Or all niter [​IMG]
  6. Nothing wrong with doing an "all nighter". That's the ONLY way I do my briskets. Put them on between 7 and 9 and when it's done, double foil, and put in a good cooler, wrapped in towels. Depending on the size and how you prep it, mine tend to always get done between 10AM and noon.

    That gives you plenty of time for a quick "Power Nap" before the company shows up. Here's my last "all nighter"

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